Democracy is in Danger When Leaders Become a Cult

In the interest of a vibrant democracy, it is imperative that the political leadership of the time is always subjected to critical questioning—both by the public as well as from within the respective political parties. While personality cults in politics do not necessarily endanger critical questioning by the public, it definitely murders such an exercise…

Who Cries When a Journalist Dies?

Of the many threats that journalists face in India, criminal violence is just one. Apart from this, freedom of press is also curtailed by a sinister use of defamation and sedition laws to silence journalists. Financial uncertainties in the form of inadequate salaries and large scale job cuts also looms large. This article was published…

It’s Not Solely Our Democracy’s Fault

Have political incapacity and corruption reached a point of no return in India? Can we never salvage lost pride and trust in the political class? Or is an entire class of people and a whole system of governance being crucified for the wrongs of a few? An edited version of this article was published in…

Fire Without a Flame…!

Very often, we find patronizing each other…do what your heart says…do what you really like… Little do we realize (exceptions aside) that how many of us really understand what our heart longs for? The very idea of retrospection appears ponderous to our young and expedient mind. Our mind runs from pillar to post in this…

Nepal’s Constitution and Lessons for India

New Delhi’s response to the constitution has come as a surprise to many. As a democratic country itself, India has arguably overstepped the limits of suggestion and rather tried to impose its views on its much smaller neighbor. In various international forums, India has repeatedly advocated for a country’s right to self-determination. Unfortunately, this seems…

Are Indians Any Less Racial?

We want Arunachal Pradesh to be part of India but we don’t like the Arunachalis from the state. We like tea from Assam but we don’t want an Assamese to be around us. We want the likes of Mary Kom and Suronjoy Singh in the Indian Olympic squad (because they are the ones who can…

Will Nagaland Ever Have Peace?

The six-decade history of the Naga issue suggests that violence has done more harm than good. While peace talks are the only rational solution, New Delhi must realize that by sidelining a faction of the NSCN in the talks, it is only perpetuating the chaos and breeding future resentment. Ever since Independence, peace and stability…